For what is man without desires, without free will, and without the power of choice but a stop in an organ pipe?
("Notes from Underground")
More Quotes from Fyodor Dostoyevsky:Instead of giving a firm foundation for setting the conscience of man at rest forever, Thou didst choose all that is exceptional, vague and enigmatic.
We degrade Providence too much by attributing our ideas to it out of annoyance at being unable to understand it.
Perhaps I really regard myself as an intelligent man only because throughout my entire life I've never been able to start or finish anything.
I just said it for the beauty of the style.
Man, do not pride yourself on your superiority to the animals, for they are without sin, while you, with all your greatness, you defile the earth wherever you appear and leave an ignoble trail behind you -- and that is true, alas, for almost every one of us!
But twice-two-makes-four is for all that a most insupportable thing. Twice-two-makes-four is, in my humble opinion, nothing but a piece of impudence. Twice-two-makes-four is a farcical, dressed-up fellow who stands across your path with arms akimbo and spits at you.
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Things derive their being and nature by mutual dependence and are nothing in themselves.
I'm delirious with joy. It proves that if you confront the universe with good intentions in your heart, it will reflect that and reward your intent. Usually. It just doesn't always do it in the way you expect.
J. Michael Straczynski
Do you know how many houses all of the nonprofits have built? No more than 5,000 in five years. Do you know how many we lost? Two hundred thousand.